Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.
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Sitting down to a bowl of this oatmeal is like eating Christmas for breakfast.

Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

It not only includes eggnog – a holiday classic – but it also beautifully mimics the flavor of gingerbread. The combination of molasses and warm spices makes this oatmeal truly taste like the traditional cookie that graces many a holiday party platter.

Some of my favorite holiday memories are of making gingerbread cookies with my mom. I remember how difficult it was to be patient while the freshly made dough rested in the fridge, waiting to be rolled out and stamped into all varieties of shapes.  My favorite cookie cutter was a cute little rocking horse, and I would always sneak the remaining scraps of raw dough left over from the cut out cookies.

I like my gingerbread cookies just slightly crisp around the edges and soft & chewy everywhere else.

Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

Obviously this oatmeal does not have crisp edges, but it is chewy thanks to the steel cut oats!

Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

This would be a fabulously delicious – and healthy! – way to start of Christmas morning… or any morning, for that matter.

Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Keywords: simmer breakfast vegetarian vegan oatmeal Christmas winter

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups eggnog (I like Earth Balance Organic Soy Nog for this oatmeal b/c of its thinner consistency and zero saturated fat)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oats and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add water, milk, molasses, spices, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick, about 35-40 minutes.

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